Posts tagged ‘tom hanks’

Twenty-Twelve, it just rolls off the tongue

I’m still doing a post-viewing rehash in my head, trying to remember when, or even if, in recent years I’ve watched a more enjoyable film than 2012.

District 9 comes to mind, it’s at least that good but hard to call it better.

Great script. For a change you can watch a complete story well told in the old school mode, having a beginning, a middle, and then (surprise!) an end. Quite unlike so much of the crap around these days. Maybe it’s a Mayan concept and the green lighters still don’t get it yet?

Great director. Roland Emmerich has extracted fine performances all around, and managed to keep a cohesive plot covered (see above) and show it all on the screen. I believe that if this wasn’t a Sony release, this time the computer  would have been a nice but slightly used MacBook Pro (updated from the beautiful black 5300 Powerbook Jeff Goldblum used to save the world inIndependence Day), not a steaming pile of VAIO. Ah, but I digress…..

powerbook_5300_screen

Great acting. John Cusack, in my opinion, can be considered a serious contender to jump past Tom Hanks and become the Henry Fonda sort of “everyman” of our time.

Great acting

Cusack’s become like you and me (or at least me) in that way.

The hard to beat original

And by the way, as you may have heard, there are at least a few interesting special effects shots on the screen in this film, and they’re all done very nicely.

2012 airplane

How many times can you say “How the fuck did they do that” ?


November 15, 2009 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

Angels + Demons + Opie Oh My!

NOTE, THIS IS A POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING,

THIS DEALS WITH A FILM

THAT’S NOW IN WIDE RELEASE.

L. Ron Howard, Opie-ate of the masses once again proves to be a “keep it in the family guy” again, or at least he’s half way there.

We don’t see all that much of his dad,  Rance

rance howard

At least not for the first 2 acts, and even then, only as back ground cameo.

But it’s in the final act where pops hits his stride, and he even gets to speak and get a few decent (medium) close up shots, although not with Tom Hanks.

But, what’s happened to Ron’s baby bro Clint?

clint howard

Are we to believe that even as the director, Ronnie couldn’t pull strings to work in one of those “nerdy guy that’s watching the computer screen in the background” sort of parts for his brother like we often see him in?

CLINTNIGHTATMUSEUMBANNER

The only other audience alert note for the very well done pic is, this film has the slowest moving bullet ever fired in a film.

Again, not to be a nit-picker, but you could use a sun dial to time the eons it takes for the bullets fired by Tom Hanks to hit a bulletproof glass window.

bulletproofglass

I’ve heard faster ballistic echoes in a ping pong game.

popemobile

This is not the bulletproof glass in question.

May 22, 2009 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment


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